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2015 Rokky Awards: Favorite Canadian Indie Albums

by Jeffrey Burns on December 27, 2015

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2015 Rokkies: A rundown of our Favorite Indie Albums from the Past Year (Top 15) It is difficult and perhaps even irrelevent to pick winners when it comes to artistic endeavors, after all, unlike a sporting event music is a subjective and personal experience for the listener, that which can only be judged on a […]

Meghann Wright

by Jeffrey Burns on November 23, 2015

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You’ve got Nothin’ To Lose and everything to gain from listening to Meghann Wright’s debut LP … soul music with a rock n’ roll heart |   Brooklyn based blues-rocker Meghann Wright released her first full-length album Nothin’ Left To Lose last June on Canadian indie label Blacktop Records, and while I may be late […]

Steve Albini

by Jeffrey Burns on November 6, 2015

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Steve Albini is an original, a rebel, someone who still lives and breathes the true spirit of rock n’ roll |   Steve Albini, renowned post-hardcore musician (Big Black, Shellac) and studio engineer/producer (Nirvana’s In Utero, Pixies’ Surfer Rosa) gave a fascinating interview recently on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast. The outspoken veteran of america’s alternative […]

Megan Landry

by Jeffrey Burns on October 16, 2015

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Megan Landry’s debut album ‘Stills’ reveals a young artist accomplished well beyond her years [Q&A Sesh] |   There’s no doubt that nineteen year old Megan Landry is exceptionally talented, quite gifted in fact (playing piano by ear as an infant, writing music at age eleven), something that’s immediately evident upon viewing her 2013 Music […]

2015 Polaris Music Prize

by Jeffrey Burns on September 21, 2015

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The Polaris Music Prize Gala will be a Live broadcast Sept. 21st via CBC Music (Polaris 10th anniversary poster by Pat Hamou) UPDATE (Sept. 22nd): Buffy Sainte-Marie is the winner of the 2015 Polaris Music Prize for her album Power in the Blood.   Tonight’s 2015 Polaris Music Prize Gala marks the tenth anniversary for […]

PINE

by Jeffrey Burns on September 7, 2015

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PINE’s self-released debut ‘you bury me’ sets a high bar for ambient, alternative emo rock … *photo: Paul Dzioba |   The six member sad-rock band from Ottawa has chosen a rather sombre moniker, one that ties in directly to their music’s overall theme regarding matters of the heart, more specifically the heartbreaking despair of […]

Napalmpom and Public Animal Team Up for an Album and Tour

by Jeffrey Burns on August 17, 2015

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Rock and Roll tag team tourin’ it up in support of New Album (split 12″, Aug.20) |   This may well be the ultimate in Canadian rock and roll revelry: Toronto’s Public Animal and Calgary’s Napalmpom joining forces and unleashing their kindred brand of rabble-rousing as only a dynamic indie-duo of their sonic magnitude can. […]

Amber Edgar

by Jeffrey Burns on July 21, 2015

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Indie folk-rock artist Amber Edgar’s extraordinary, soul-baring debut album ‘Good Will Rise’ |   Amber Edgar broke on to seemingly everyone’s indie music radar in stunning fashion with the release of her debut singles “Honey & Sorrow” and “Troubles” more than 2 years ago. [Dec.31, 2013] The two songs from Amber Edgar’s debut 7″ recording […]

The Almighty Rhombus

by Jeffrey Burns on June 15, 2015

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These Pop-Rock renegades are so much more than just the ultimate party band .. This hearty group of power-pop misfits from Sudbury Ontario grabbed my attention back in November 2013 with the release of their first full-length album ‘Lucid Living’, an infectious medley of punk, ska, pop and rock that turned out to be one […]

Album Spotlights for May 2015

by Jeffrey Burns on May 31, 2015

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Albums in the Rok Spotlight for May 2015, from The Bad Years, Audrey Fall and Amber Edgar |   As Rokline prepares for it’s June 2015 lineup of album reviews and feature articles, I urge you to feast your ears on the studio recordings we selected to be Album Spotlights during the month of May, […]

The Good In Everyone

by Jeffrey Burns on May 8, 2015

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Vancouver band The Good In Everyone prepare for Canada-wide Tour with fellow folk rockers Alea Rae [Q&A Sesh]   There’s really no better indicator of what’s hip or artistically relevant in any given musical era than the college radio charts, a bold litmus test often reflective of young hearts and minds driven beyond the culturally […]